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Crisis for Jacinda Ardern as ally quits over handling of sex assault

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was at the moment thrown into the largest disaster since she took workplace as a high ally resigned over her social gathering’s handling of an alleged sexual assault.

The centre-Left chief apologised and admitted “mistakes were made” after a Labour Party volunteer accused a senior social gathering employee of assault final 12 months.

“Raising an allegation of sexual assault is an incredibly difficult thing to do — for additional distress to be caused through the way these allegations are handled is incredibly distressing,” Ms Ardern mentioned in a press release.

The 19-year-old girl alleges the staffer sexually assaulted her at his dwelling in February final 12 months and she reported it to Labour Party president Nigel Haworth final October.

An inner social gathering investigation really useful no motion in opposition to the person. Yesterday, Mr Haworth argued the complainant didn’t inform him concerning the seriousness of the allegations.

The girl, who has not been publicly named, disputed this, offering media with emails and paperwork she mentioned supported her model of occasions.

Ms Ardern mentioned she mentioned the girl’s paperwork with Mr Haworth this morning. She mentioned she by no means knew concerning the nature of the allegations. In a separate assertion, Labour mentioned that Mr Haworth had resigned.

A barrister has been appointed to assessment Labour’s handling of the case.

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